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When I researched an article on multimedia search last year for [URL="http://www.econtentmag.com"]EContent Magazine[/URL], (The [URL="ttp://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=9879"]resulting article[/URL] was republished on Streamingmedia.com last December.) I learned in the course of my research that it's hard to search for non-text elements because they lack the contextual language of text. Seems logical enough, but the way most search engines get around this is by using the text-based metadata around the image or video to get searchers in the right neighborhood. It works in a 1990s sort of way, but what the world really needs is more advanced multimedia search. That's why my eyes popped …

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Google quietly introduced an audio search tool called[URL="http://labs.google.com/gaudi"] GAudi[/URL] this week in [URL="http://labs.google.com/"]Google Labs[/URL]. For now, Google is using to the tool for experimentation purposes to index political content on YouTube videos, but chances are they are exploring this for more than good citizenship points and will expand it at some point in the future. Arnaud Sahuguet, the Product Manager for the Google Audio Indexing project explained to me exactly what this new development means. Up until now, only a few small multimedia search companies have been able to index audio effectively including [URL="http://www.nexidia.com/"]Nexidia[/URL] and [URL="http://www.tveyes.com/"]TVEyes[/URL], two pioneering companies in …

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